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Item:143334641723i have restarted the listing to highlight an old crack which runs from the head and down the Shaft please see new images, and please make a note of the new finish time, sorry for the inconvenience . Genuine tribal Antique from the New Caledonia area a Melanesian Kanak Bird Head War Club, Oceanic Pacific Island region , very Polynesian In looks and type of wood , please see all images which clearly show all of the old injuries to the club these are chips ,cracks and missing chunks from the beak and head please note the good patina and age related ware, please be aware of any import duties for your own country Australian bidders need to be aware of goods and services tax GST. POST EUROPE £35 USA £58 AUSTRALIA £85 , plus any insurance needed The distinctively shaped porowa ra maru, or "bird head," clubs of New Caledonia were prestigious objects created for use by chiefs. The clubs symbolized wealth and high rank, and on some occasions served as gifts during ceremonial exchanges. The heads of the clubs are carved in the form of stylized bird heads typically distinguished, as here, by long, pointed beaks. However, as none of New Caledonia's indigenous birds have a similar beak, some scholars have suggested that the image instead represents the head of a sea turtle with its projecting, beaklike mouth. The thin, delicate tips of the beaks are extremely fragile and would have broken easily if the clubs were used in combat. Hence, it seems probable that they were primarily ceremonial objects." (Metropolitan Museum of Art, WEB, nd.)Primary Material:Wood, Original/ Repro:Original, Age:1800-1849, Product:Clubs, Region of Origin:Oceanian/ Australasian
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Antique Melanesian Kanak Bird Head War Club New Caledonia Oceanic Pacific Tribal